Brownies. It's what's for dinner.

January 24, 2011
Yes, brownies for dinner.
I recommend that you eat them hot, right out of the pan... 
Are you ready for the justification?
It's dinner and dessert IN ONE because they're black bean brownies.  

Doesn't sound appetizing?  Your impression is wrong!  They are just as delicious as they look and they're most likely the healthiest brownie you could eat.  I can't think of a reason to make regular brownies ever again.  The black beans take the place of flour, so they're gluten-free.  As soon as Pete walked in from work, I eagerly stuffed one in his mouth.  He thought they were a chewy, gooey regular brownie and was appalled to hear that they were made with beans.  Pete is now converted and is officially a proud black bean brownie lover. 

Black Bean Brownies
Adapted from a WholeFood's recipe

1 (15 oz.) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 c. sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 c. butter, melted
1/4 c. cocoa
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1/3 c. roughly chopped walnuts

Drain and rinse black beans as throughly as possible.  Add beans and melted butter into the bowl of a food processor.  Blend until smooth.  Add in cocoa, vanilla and salt and blend until completely pureed.  Gently stir in chocolate chips and walnuts then pour into an 8"x8" pan sprayed with non-stick spray.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Cool completely before cutting.  Unless you'd like to dig in with your hands like I did...

Showing love through food...

It's what I do.
It's what my momma does.
It's what my daddy does.
It's just the way I was raised.

What do you do when you're overwhelmed with love?  

By darn it, you make the sweetest confection you can fathom.  What makes one overwhelmed with love?  What could be the sweetest confection?  The answers lie in babies and chocolate.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure and honor to witness my girlfriend's first son being born.  It was definitely one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had.  Just a side note, I cried harder than the new mom and dad put together.  I'm a softy when it comes to babies...

Nothing can top the feeling of witnessing the very second a life begins.  I decided to keep spirits high and channel my overwhelming love into a chocolate truffle.  

These truffles, like most others have a hard chocolate shell with a soft, luscious center.  They're simple to make and it's comforting to know that no matter how un-perfect they may look, they will always taste divine.  Bad truffle? An oxymoron that has never actually existed.
Cookies and Cream Truffles
Slightly adapted from chocolate & carrots


Ingredients

1 package (8 ounces) of 1/3 less fat softened cream cheese
16 ounce bag of Oreos (any of your favorite icing filled cookie will do just fine)
dark chocolate for melting and dipping
white chocolate for decoration
  • Crush cookies using a food processor until it is pretty fine. I happen to just put my cookies in a big Ziplock and took out some aggression with a rolling pin. 
  • Add the cream cheese to cookie crumbs and combine.
  • Form balls and let chill in the fridge for about 45-60 minutes.  Or pop them into the freezer for about 25 minutes.
  • Roll into smooth balls using the palms of your hands.
  • Melt your dark chocolate over a double boiler.
  • Dip each ball in the chocolate and remove any excess chocolate.
  • Place on parchment paper and let them chill in the fridge for another hour.
  • Melt your white chocolate over a double boiler.
  • Drizzle the white chocolate over the truffles.
  • Put back in the fridge and share the love!